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forbear

noun

1 forbear

A person from whom you are descended.

synonym: forebear.

Dutch: voorvader



verb

1 forbear

Refrain from doing.

synonym: hold back.

Roget 914: pity; have pity, show pity, take pity etc. n.; commiserate, compassionate; condole etc. 915; sympathize; feel for, ... show more

Roget 678: not use; do without, dispense with, let alone, not touch, forbear, abstain, spare, waive, neglect; keep back, reserve.    lay up, lay by, ... show more

2 forbear

Resist doing something:
— She could not forbear weeping.

synonym: refrain.

Roget 953: be temperate etc. adj.; abstain, forbear, refrain, deny oneself, spare, swear off.    know when one has had enough, know one's limit.    take the pledge, go on the wagon.    ... show more

Dutch: abstineren, inhouden, laten, nalaten, onthouden


Moby thesaurus: abstain, abstain from, avoid, be patient, bear, bear with composure, bridle, carry on, carry through, cease, curb, desist, dispense with, do without, endure, escape, eschew, evade, forgive, forgo ... show more.

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